Writers who can answer the question ‘Is there still no place like home?’ can win up to $100,000 and a book deal. The Nine Dotz Prize will be awarded to whoever can pen the best 3,000-word answer.
The Nine Dotz prize aims to promote creative thinking and allowing new writing that highlights the challenges of the modern world.
Participants of the contest are required to answer the question in 3,000 words and produce an outline of how it can be expanded into a short book of 25,000 to 40,000 words. Fictional answers backed up by research are also allowed.
The entries will be judged by Pulitzer-award winning journalist Anne Applebaum and Cambridge professor David Runciman.
Panel chairperson Simon Goldhill hopes to find stories that will surprise them with flair and insight and eventually produce a short book.
The contest is funded by the Kadas Prize Foundation, which also funds research into “significant but neglected questions relevant to today’s world”.
The last prize was won by former Google employee turned Oxford philosopher James Williams who later wrote Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance In the Attention Economy.